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Guns, illegal pesticides and stolen Niagara County property found in Orleans County arrest

TOWN OF YATES – An Orleans County man, a convicted felon prohibited from owning a firearm, was found with more than a dozen shotguns and rifles, as well as restricted pesticides after a warrant was served at 1856 Marshall Road last month by the Orleans County Major Felony Task Force.

Officers also seized a riding lawnmower and boat motor which had been reported stolen in Niagara County.

Following the investigation, Michael P. Silversmith, 57, of the Marshall Road address, was charged on Monday with third-degree criminal possession of stolen property, 13 counts of fourth-degree criminal possession of a weapon, and eight counts of restricted use of a pesticide.

Silversmith also faces numerous Town of Yates code violations.

He was arraigned in the Town of Ridgeway Court and he was remanded to Orleans County Jail after bail was set at $25,000 by Justice Joseph Kujawa

The investigation into stolen property is ongoing and further charges are pending, according to Supervising Investigator Joseph Sacco.

He reported finding a “large quantity” of restricted pesticides on the property, which was investigated by New York State Department of Environmental Conservation officers.

Also assisting in the arrest was the Orleans County Sheriff Department.